For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.Philippians 1:21(NASB)
Christ is all, and in all. (Colossians 3:11)
Beloved, the Cross was intended only to make the Lord Jesus all, and in all, for us; and is it not true that, because of the way that the Lord Jesus has dealt with us, the way in which He has applied the Cross, planting us into that death and burial, we know Him in a way in which we never knew Him before? Is it not by that way that He has become what He is to us, ever more and ever more dear to our hearts? The increase of the Lord Jesus in and to us is by the way of the Cross. We know quite well that our chief enemy is ourselves, our flesh. This flesh gives us no peace, no rest, no satisfaction; we have no joy in it. It obsesses, engrosses, and constantly struts across our path to rob us of the very joy of living. What is to be done with it? Well, in and by the Cross we are delivered from ourselves; not only from our sins, but from ourselves; and being delivered from ourselves we are delivered into Christ, and Christ becomes far more than we.
It is a painful process, but it is a blessed issue; and those among us who may have had the greatest agony along this line would, I believe, testify that what it has brought to us of the knowledge and riches of the Lord Jesus has made all of the sufferings worthwhile. So the work of the Lord for us and the work of the Lord in us, by the Cross, is only intended in the Divine thought to make room for the Lord Jesus.
But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. § [God] said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. § “To whom then will you liken Me, or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One. § I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.
As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” § Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? § You are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” § Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me § Tell me, O you whom I love, where you feed your flock, where you make it rest at noon. For why should I be as one who veils herself by the flocks of your companions? § I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go.
Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its pleasant fruits. § I have come to my garden. § I did not say to the seed of Jacob, “Seek Me in vain.”
Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. § I will never leave you nor forsake you. § Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. § The world will see Me no more, but you will see Me.
But now that you have been set free from the tyranny of Sin, and have become the bondservants of God, you have your reward in being made holy" (Rom. 6:22, Wey.).
When the believer truly sees Calvary he says, "There, through the work of the Cross, I died with the Lord Jesus unto sin." When the believer truly sees Pentecost he says, "There, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, I was baptized into the risen Lord Jesus." Here are the two mighty pillars of our freedom from the power and domination of sin.
"The believer is to rejoice in the double blessing of Calvary and Pentecost. He is freed from condemnation because of the Blood shed, and he is set free from the law of sin and death by the indwelling Spirit that he received when he came to the Lord Jesus. It is not only that there is no condemnation, but there is liberty.
"The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death' (Rom. 8:2). ...hath made me free....' Let me walk in it; let me enjoy it, and I am free. I am not struggling to get free; I have been set free in the Spirit, and I am bidden to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made me free (Gal. 5:1). I am not struggling for victory; I am standing in victory. I have not to struggle to get out of the horrible pit. He lifted me out; set my feet on the Rock and established my goings; and He bids me, Stand fast in the victory that I have gained for you.' Believe and rejoice in it, and you will know what it is to be free." -G.G.
"Walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Rom. 8:4)
“Whereas there is among you jealousy and strife, are ye not carnal?” 1 Corinthians 3:3
No natural man knows anything about carnality. The flesh lusting against the Spirit that came in at regeneration, and the Spirit lusting against the flesh, produces carnality. "Walk in the Spirit," says Paul, "and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh"; and carnality will disappear.
Are you contentious, easily troubled about trifles? "Oh, but no one who is a Christian ever is!" Paul says they are, he connects these things with carnality. Is there a truth in the Bible that instantly awakens petulance in you? That is a proof that you are yet carnal. If sanctification is being worked out, there is no trace of that spirit left.
If the Spirit of God detects anything in you that is wrong, He does not ask you to put it right; He asks you to accept the light, and He will put it right. A child of the light confesses instantly and stands bared before God; a child of the darkness says - "Oh, I can explain that away." When once the light breaks and the conviction of wrong comes, be a child of the light, and confess, and God will deal with what is wrong; if you vindicate yourself, you prove yourself to be a child of the darkness.
What is the proof that carnality has gone? Never deceive yourself; when carnality is gone it is the most real thing imaginable. God will see that you have any number of opportunities to prove to yourself the marvel of His grace. The practical test is the only proof. "Why," you say, "if this had happened before, there would have been the spirit of resentment!" Then you will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.
Have you ever looked back over your life and just wondered.. how can God love me after all that I have done in my life.. and shame and guilt infuse into a sort of shamefaced-pride of a past life.. and you start to justify why you were driven to such shocking acts – and you start to blame circumstances or you blame other people. My parents, my upbringing, my siblings, my spouse – all were so deficient. Well I have.. and most believers I know have at one time or another asked such questions. How easy it is to justify sin…
And then you recall the time when you first believed that your sins were forgiven. Gone : dispersed : never to return : flung into the deep sea of God’s forgetfulness. And you recall that first tinge of joy and the astonishment that you are forgiven.. and life becomes wonderful and you bathe in the gracious presence of God’s love. And thankful prayers are proffered to God.. and supplications are wonderfully answered.. and the gospel of grace is shouted abroad – and others come to know your God. And the first flush of first love wells up within your heart of ecstasy.
But then, slowly… you realise that things are not the same as they were at first.. and then you start to question.. am I really saved? Am I really forgiven? Am I really accepted? Am I really loved by God? Have you ever looked back over your life and really just wondered? Well I have.. And most believers I know have at one time or another asked such questions.
Then you look at other believers with an impaired understanding – and judge. It seems that even if I am saved, He cares for them more than me! It seems God prefers others to me – look how He’s blessed them! Have you ever looked back over your life and really just wondered .. Well I have.. and most believers I know have at oneread more
In Romans chapter 11 and Ephesians chapter 5, Paul tells us of: the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out! For Christ loved the church, that He might sanctify her and cleanse her – so Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Oh, this is a profound mystery, but I am talking about Christ and the Church. Rom.11:33 Eph.5:25-26;32
Christ loved the Church.. precious words indeed for all who love Christ. In John chapter 3 verse 16 we read that:- “God loved the world.. within the scope of His eternal love.. for God’s love is a general love for all. Ahh, but Christ’s love for the Church, is a close, cherished, devoted, personal love.
Christ’s love is a precious love – betwixt Him and His Church. It’s a penetrating love – between Christ and His Body. It’s an intimate love, that flows from the Son to His own darling dove. It was for the Church that the Lord Jesus gave up His life. It was for this pearl of great price – the Lord gave all to purchase her for Himself.
He loved her as Himself, and has seated her together with Him in heavenly places. He treasures her so dearly, that He betrothed Himself to her as a Bridegroom. He gave Himself for His bride, that He might set her apart as unto Himself. The Lamb of God sacrificed His life.. that His Church might become the wife of the Lamb. He relinquished all His heavenly glory, so that she may sit with Him on His throne. He ate the bitter fruit of sin and death for her – for you and me!
Christ did all this so that His Body might eat of the sweet fruit of the Tree of Life. Christ desires to be with His Church, and the prayer He prays to the Father about us,read more